‘It Lends Integrity To Our Signal’: Turfway Park Stewards To Explain Disqualifications

by | 12.27.2018 | 4:04pm
Turfway Park in Florence, Ky.

What were the stewards thinking when they took that horse down? The folks upstairs at Turfway Park will tell you, BloodHorse reports.

Starting with the current Holiday Meet and continuing into its 2019 Winter/Spring Meet, chief steward Barbara Borden will don a microphone and headset following a disqualification to elaborate on the reasons for the decision via voice-over on the track feed while a replay of the incident is shown. Borden told BloodHorse that her descriptions will resemble the written reports the stewards post to the Keeneland website when they preside over meets at that track.

“What it will entail will be similar to what we put in a stewards' report, 'An objection was lodged by this rider and after reviewing the race replay and interviewing the jockeys this is our determination and why,'” Borden told BloodHorse. “It's not going to be an interview or question and answer session, just a brief explanation.”

Though many in the industry have called for more real-time transparency in regards to decisions and non-decisions, this will not be the first time the stewards have explained themselves on-air. Daniel “Chip” Bach, Turfway's general manager and director of operations, noted a time when John Vietch, once the Kentucky's chief steward, would go in front of a camera to discuss their on-track calls.

“I think it lends integrity to our signal and at the same time informs the betting public of what those infractions are,” Bach told BloodHorse

Read more at BloodHorse.

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